Report claims major development in Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Hooper pursuit, deal secured

Gary Hooper

Sheffield Wednesday have reportedly agreed to sign Gary Hooper permanently.

According to The Mirror, Sheffield Wednesday have secured a £3m deal for Norwich City striker Gary Hooper, and will match his £32,000-a-week wages.

Hooper, 27, joined Norwich back in the summer of 2013 having hit 82 goals in 138 games for Celtic, but he has struggled to replicate that record at Carrow Road.

The striker has scored 20 goals in 70 games for Norwich, but he has fallen down the pecking order under Alex Neil, and was subsequently sent out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday in October.

It took Hooper a while to get going at Hillsborough, but with six goals in his last six games, he is starting to show the goalscoring ability that Wednesday need to win promotion to the Premier League.

Saturday's game against Leeds United saw Hooper score twice in a 2-1 victory, but it was also the final game of his loan spell, as he was scheduled to head back to Norwich.

Now though, The Mirror report that Wednesday have agreed a £3m deal with Norwich to sign Hooper permanently, and whilst they still have to agree personal terms, it's stated that the Owls are willing to match the £32,000-a-week contract he is on at Norwich.

That would be a huge boost for Wednesday, who are pushing for a play-off place in the Championship this season - and based on his recent form, Hooper could score the goals to fire Wednesday back to the top flight of English football.

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